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August 10th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

The Pride of America: Matt Stutzman

This evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Matt Stutzman to the program for a face to face interview, as the "Pride of America" prepares for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

A 29-year-old native of Kansas City, Kansas, Stutzman was born without arms, and subsequently given up for adoption. His adoptive dad was an archer, inspiring Stutzman to follow in his father's footsteps.

Though forced to use his feet in lieu of arms and hands, he boasts the world record for the longest accurate shot in archery, a mark that includes able-bodied archers.

But how is he received by fellow archers?

"I would like to say that they think that I'm a good competitor," Stutzman tells Piers Morgan. "But they're probably thinking, 'Why is that guy sitting down and shooting with his feet?'"

Joking aside Stutzman explains "I think they think that I'm just trying to compete, like they are, and be the best at archery."

Fascinated by Stutzman's skill to break a world record last set by an able-bodied man, the host wonders about his guest's inspiration:

"You're an astonishing guy and you've got this remarkable spirit and determination," Morgan remarks. "Where do you get that from?"

"My parents really pushed me to be the best that I can be," the armless archer explains. "I feel like I learned that from them."

Stutzman says he grew up dreaming about serving his country, but since he can't do enough push-ups, he's chosen to represent the United States on his terms:

"The fact that I get to do and represent America in a sport that I love, it's kind of my way of saying thank you back."

Watch the clip as Stutzman further explains his unique skills, then tune in tonight at 9pm for a full demonstration from the world record holder.
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  1. oldtop

    Notice Morgans attack on firearms in the US. If he does not like our rights, take his GB ass back to GB. Citizens of the US will not stand for a Non Citizen working to change our laws and rights. Keep this up and see how your sponsors can find a boycott. Hitting CNN and Morgan in the wallet.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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